Can You Get Gout in Your Back?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

My family physician says that I have gout in my back. A few years ago I developed iritis and went to an out-of-town hospital, where I was diagnosed with AS and Still's. I returned home, with my family doctor saying that I had gout in my back! I still am in limbo about what is wrong with me. My symptoms include back pain, (excruciating), iritis, psoriasis, numbness in joints. Could you offer any help?

Doctor's response

Back pain, iritis, psoriasis, and spondylitis in the same patient are likely related, and are not related to gout.

For more information, see ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018